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Guinea's President Alpha Conde easily wins re-election


Guinea's President Alpha Conde has won re-election and will serve a second five-year term after avoiding a run off against his closest rival in last week's presidential election.

Guinea's electoral commission declared Conde winner of the October 11 poll late on Saturday, gaining nearly 58 percent of the vote, compared to opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo, who won a tick over 31 percent.

"The Constitutional Court still needs to render its verdict, but the National Electoral Commission proclaims President Alpha Conde winner in the first round," commission head Bakary Fofana told a news conference.

Candidates have eight days to lodge complaints before the election is ratified by the Constitutional Court. Election observers are yet to pronounce on the vote tallying process, but they said the vote was valid despite logistical problems.

The turnout was 68 percent.

Earlier provisional results, released during the week, had indicated that Conde had won a much larger victory.

Diallo said he did not recognise the final result and would call on his supporters to protest against fraud and vote rigging.

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